Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mexico City Authorizes First Trimester Abortions

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican capital legalized abortion on Tuesday, defying the church but delighting feminists in the world's second-largest Roman Catholic country.

Mexico City lawmakers voted 46 to 19 to pass a leftist-sponsored bill allowing women to abort in the first three months of pregnancy.

The abortion vote split Mexico and prompted a letter last week from Pope Benedict urging Mexican bishops to oppose it.

It's interesting that the US is heading one way this week with the Supreme Court ruling, and Mexico the other. The Pope's sway on Mexican Catholics isn't that great. If the Catholic church tolerated birth control, I could somewhat see their abortion stance. However, not everybody is Catholic, and telling people no condoms, no abortions is not a workable plan for those who don't want to have 9 kids or can't afford it.